Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acidic soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • August 11, 2017
    These stunning plants are amazing and it only takes a few minutes to drop by and take the brief walk through the park. I got wonderful photos.  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    This was a brief stop off 101 outside of Florence. If you like carnivorous plants & haven't seen them in their natural habitat then you should stop. It was just a short walk to see them . It was past ...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    These plants are really unique. The park is small, extremely easy to navigate, just stay on paths so environment is not disturbed. Won't take a long time to see, however, it's a really quiet, natural ...  more »
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  • May 28, 2017
    Pitcher plants are awesome. Quick walk on well maintained trails and you are there
  • May 28, 2017
    short easy boardwalk that views a darlingtonia bog. nice stop
  • March 27, 2017
    So cool to see a species of carnivorous plants in their native environment. But watch for the signs - it's easy to miss.
  • October 15, 2016
    Must see. A beautiful, one-of-a-kind forest featuring a plant that traps and consumes insects! Like the Venus Fly Trap, the Darlingtonia Californica lures insects into it's trap with a sweet nectar smell before slowly digesting them.
  • January 29, 2017
    Incredibly interesting. How often do you get to see carnivorous plants right here on the Oregon Coast..

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